New CPU

Discussion in 'CPUs and Overclocking' started by Turnitdown, May 19, 2009.

  1. Turnitdown

    Turnitdown New Member

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    Im buying a Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3P http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=847362

    Im stuck between what CPU to get.
    Ive got £150 to spend and i was going to go for an E8400.
    I just wondered whether i would get better performance out of going Quad Core? Maybe the Q8200 or an Q6600?

    Basically an E8400 vs a <£150 Quad Core.

    Can i have your opinions please.

    Thanks,
     
  2. ScOuT

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    I will always recommend a Quad core over a Dual core...why not get a quad? The Dual cores are higher clock speeds but Quads are the way to go.

    Here is a techzine article I wrote...check it out.
    http://www.techzine.com/2009/01/22/will-games-really-use-all-4-cores/

    That's even an older article...Try playing Empire: Total War or GTA IV with a dual core:) It almost maxes all 4 cores of mine when I am playing.

    I think you will thank yourself later for choosing a Quad;)
     
  3. Turnitdown

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    Thanks for the speedy reply.
    So even with no OC'ing you still think i should go Quad?
    If so, which Quad should i go for?
     
  4. ScOuT

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    Even with no overclocking I would recommend a Quad.

    The Q6600 is already an Intel Legend...If that is in your price range that would be a good one.

    The Intel Q9400 has dropped in price in many stores around the world. That would be another good choice.

    I have heard some really good things about the Intel Q8000 series also.

    Really, any Quad would be fine. You'll be very pleased with the performance of them all.
     
  5. Droogie

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  6. 2048Megabytes

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    I agree with Droogie. The Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 is a better processor at a lower price.
     
  7. ScOuT

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    Unless it specifies somewhere that I'm missing, it comes with a heat sink and fan. There's a reason that box is so big :p
     
  10. Turnitdown

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    At the bottom it says Heatsink: *Big Red X*

    Overall what do you think im better off getting?
    I dont think ill be doing much gaming at all.
    So i want to buy a CPU purely for best performance from Google Chrome, Photoshop & Media Streaming/Serving. Only gaming ill be doing is Sims 3 but i know you dont need a super computer for that xD.

    Do i go for the Extra cores with the Q8400, Or the higher clock with the E8400?
    I really cant decide.
    What would you go for?
     
  11. 2048Megabytes

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    The Q8400 processor whoops the overpriced E8400 in processing power. If you want a system that you won't have to upgrade the processor on for a while go with the Core 2 Quad Q8400. The higher clock speed of the E8400 doesn't mean much when you have four processors on one chip with the Q8400. You won't regret buying a Q8400 processor.
     
  12. Turnitdown

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    Thanks :D
    Im going to see if i can get any more cash together to get the Q9550 but if i cant im sure ill be more than happy with the Q8400 :)
     
  13. ScOuT

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    You may want to save the cash and just get the Q8400. You will not see a huge improvement between the two. The Q8400 will do everything you need it to;)

    Maybe put the extra cash somewhere else in the system.
     
  14. gustuvian91

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    It's impossible taht there is no fan with it

    It's impossible that there is no FAN with it. It's must have one because it's a package deal.
     
  15. Turnitdown

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    Yeah as i said. Ill see how much i can get the Q9550 for, If i get it anywhere near £170 then ill go with that. If not, Ill be happy with the Q8400 and put the extra money towards a new gfx card maybe.

    Thanks for all your help!
     

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